3 Features of a Radon-resistant Home You Should Want in Your New Home

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Radon, a cancer-causing gas, is the culprit behind 21,000 deaths from lung cancer per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes. Radon has the potential to be a huge problem. Luckily, there are ways to make homes more radon resistant. When you find yourself shopping for a home, look for at least one of these three features.

1. A Sub-Slab Depressurization System

The purpose behind a sub-slab depressurization system to to prevent any radon from entering a home in the first place. This is critical because once the radon is in the house, it will almost automatically get into someone's lungs and cause negative health effects.

The way that a sub-slab depressurization system works is by making sure that there is a vacuum between the slab on which a house rests and the soil itself. Ordinarily, the pressure between the two surfaces has the tendency to suck radon from the soil into the home. If you put in a vacuum that is stronger than this tendency, it is possible to collect the radon being vented towards the home and store it in a location where it can later be safely disposed.

2. Sealed Air Distribution Systems

Any systems that are used to distribute air throughout the house, such as ducts and vents, should be sealed so that, while air can escape, no new air can easily get in. This will prevent radon-laced air from entering the home and harming those who live there.

Seamless ducts are an excellent way to make sure that air distribution system is totally sealed off from other gases. If you do not have seamless ducts in your home, you can also seal the joints in between the ducts to keep them secure.

3. Sealed Foundation

Using plastic sheets or foundation sealant is a great way to keep any radon from being absorbed into the foundation and being transported to the house. The plastic sheeting or the foundation coating will repel the radon and keep it as far away from the house as possible.

Radon is a serious threat. Take it into account when you are getting to purchase your next home by looking for at least one of the above attributes. Being able to prevent some of the radon from reaching the areas where people breathe can protect you against lung cancer and other health issues. Take the time to make sure that your family is safe and consult with resources such as Certified Radon for further assistance.

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